THE DOCKLANDS AREA OF CORK - UNDERGOING MAJOR REDEVELOPMENT AT PRESENT
9 November 2020
Cork City Council and The Land Development Agency confirm the establishment of a new Delivery Office for Cork City Docklands. The Cork Docklands Delivery Office will lead the development of thousands of homes and the creation of a new urban centre for international investment into Cork City. The partnership will seek to promote a regeneration project of international scale and significance in Cork City.
Cork City Docklands is Ireland’s largest regeneration project. Over 146ha of land will be developed over a period of 20 years. This will accommodate a population of c.25,000 and a workforce of c.29,000 along with a student population of c.3,700.
The Cork Docklands Delivery Office will be funded by the LDA and Cork City Council. The project partners are seeking substantial funding from Government under the Urban Regeneration and Development Fund (URDF). The Delivery Office will work to unlock the regeneration of the Cork City Docklands. It will be tasked with creating partnerships and removing obstacles to development. It will co-ordinate stakeholder engagement and consultation.
It is intended that the Delivery Office build an internationally recognised brand for the Cork City Docklands. This brand will act as a magnet for major inward investment projects, similar to the IFSC in Dublin, and across Europe, such as Hammarby in Stockholm, Aarhaus in Denmark, and HafenCity in Germany.
Among the projects which are being examined by the partnership are developments at Marina Park, further embracing the River Lee as an amenity, and the improvement of transport with the development of a transport hub at Kent Station, and a priority given to sustainable and active transport along with a mix of amenity and transport infrastructure. The developments will include homes, schools, medical and social services, sports and recreation facilities, office space, pubs, bars, restaurants, hotels retail and two new bridges for the city. Sustainable development and access to public transport links will be at the heart of the project.
The Delivery Office will be guided by a steering group led by the CEO of Cork City Council and the CEO of the LDA and will involve a range of State Bodies and local stakeholders.
The LDA and Cork City Council will begin the search for a Programme Manager immediately, to lead the Cork Docklands Delivery Office.
The Docklands area is already seeing extensive development. 82,475 sqm of office development is in construction or completed with over 12,000 sqm in the planning process. Over 1,600 residential units are currently in the planning process in the area. 136 hotel rooms are constructed or in construction with 265 rooms seeking planning.
In the first twelve months of operation, it is intended that the new Docklands Delivery Office will review all existing plans, meet key landowners and stakeholders and develop a deliverable but ambitious five- year strategy for the Docklands. The plan will also identify early deliverables to build momentum.
Cllr. Joe Kavanagh, Lord Mayor of Cork, said:
“This is a major step forward in unlocking the potential of Cork City Docklands. This new partnership and Delivery Office, which will be fully resourced, will build momentum and bolster the environment in which development can take place. Cork City Docklands will be a nationally and internationally renowned project.
Cork City is poised to be a key driver of Ireland’s economic growth to 2040. In the National Planning Framework, the Government set a range of targets for Cork to ensure that it can deliver this ambition. The population of Cork City is targeted to grow by 50% by 2040. This will strengthen Cork as a city of scale, whose citizens can enjoy the benefit of significant economic expansion.”